Thank the movie Night at the Museum for not only igniting your kid’s interest in historical artifacts, buildings and things of the past, but also opening up doors across the U.S. for after-hours fun. Wonder what you can do at these galleries when the lights out? Click through our flipbook to see the top 18 museums and zoos where you can stay the night and let your curious mind wander.

Explore the Global Kitchen at the Milwaukee Public Museum – Milwaukee, WI

You and your little foodies will have a chance to learn about your unique relationship with food as you explore the traveling Global Kitchen exhibit. There will be science experiments, interactive activities and much more. End your night with a flashlight tour and a movie in the Dome Theater.

Ages: 6-12
Cost: $40/member, $50/non-member

Online: www.mpm.edu

photo:Jim Trottier via Flickr 

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— Annette Benedetti & Christal Yuen